Mahindra Updates Scorpio, Adds More Power and Features
Mahindra has updated its workhorse SUV, the Scorpio, with more power to the engine, a new gearbox and a few added features. It has also re-numbered its entire line-up, moving from even-numbered (S2, S4, S6, S8, S10) to odd-numbered variant names (S3, S5, S7, S11). Prices start at Rs 9.97 lakh going up to Rs 16.01 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.
Prices of the 2017 Mahindra Scorpio
Mahindra Scorpio S3 (2.5 m2DICR): Rs 9.97 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S5 (2.2 mHawk): Rs 11.62 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S7 (2.2 mHawk): Rs 12.69 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S7 (2.2 mHawk 140 PS): Rs 12.99 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S11 (2.2 mHawk 140 PS): Rs 14.79 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S11 (2.2 mHawk 140 PS, 4WD): Rs 16.01 lakh
What’s New With the Mahindra Scorpio?
The big change with the 2017 Mahindra Scorpio is an update to the 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine on the new S7 and S11 variants. The engine gets a tune-up, taking power from 120PS to 140PS and torque from 280 Nm to 320 Nm compared to the S5 variant (which has the older state of tune). The 140 PS variant also gets a new 6-speed manual transmission, while the other variants continue with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Mahindra used to have a 6-speed automatic variant as well, but that has been discontinued. Four-wheel drive, which was earlier offered on the S4 and S10 models, is now only offered on the top-end S11 model. Prices have increased by about Rs 50,000 on the top-end models compared to the models they replace.
New Features of the Mahindra Scorpio
The Scorpio has received minor cosmetic updates. The most prominent is the new 7-slat grille, which does resemble that of the Jeep Compass. The fog lamps have gone from rectangular to round, while the air-dam gets a new design. Indicators have moved from the fender to the mirrors, while at the rear it gets a new bumper step.
The top-end variants get a sunglass holder, more storage pockets and a reverse camera system (this was earlier an optional accessory). The infotainment system, however, has not yet been updated to offer Android Auto or Apple Car Play. Other features of the Scorpio continue from before, such as cruise control, automatic climate control, tyre-pressure monitoring, etc.
Overall, the new gearbox and engine power update is likely to make the Scorpio slightly more fuel efficient and better to drive on the highway. Watch this space for a quick review coming soon.